I absolutely hate working from home.
My background is in Enterprise IT project management. for 25 years I traveled the country as a consultant, but in 2008 I was forced to come off the road to tend to family members who were ill.
Extenuating circumstances have made this permanent, but in 08, coming off the road, my self and my business partner started our own studio. We’ve done work together since 1996 on web sites, but always a side project.
We currently have some large clients, and have been working for a while now. We hire developers as needed but keep it small.
The reason i dislike it, is it blurs the line from work/home. I end up working probably twice the hours because it’s too easy to jump into my office and work. In fact, over the last two months I’ve considered renting office space somewhere just so i will have separation. I could then work my hours, and when it’s time to close up, actually close..
It also messes badly with my sleep schedule. I’m not disciplined enough to force regular sleep, so there are probably 3 times per week that I work through the entire night and dont sleep. If I had a separate office that would not happen.
I think if I were married and had kids it would be different because they would keep my schedule regular, but as it is, I HATE working from home.
I’ve got two kids at home now, the office is now the second babies bedroom. It’s getting a little harder to do work but I still manage just fine and get to spend an incredible amount of time with the kids.
Working from home for 5-6 years now so it’s just second nature.
There is a coworking space down the road (about 20 minutes drive) which I occasionally visit, another better one about 40 minutes away. It’s just so hard to pack up the laptop and leave the file server/second monitor behind. Plus you can get an aweful lot done in the hour it would take to drive/setup at a coworking office space.
I work from home several years. Most important for me is to have a scheduled date and fulfill the plan. I have a separate room as a home office – also important to me. From time to time I have business meeting and very often I go out with friends.
I like working from home. It gives me absolute freedom to manage my time. It is not best managing every time but I (still) love my job enough to let it influence my life heavily. Once when I get bored I’m sure I will get more strict distinction between working time and free time.
I started working from home 2 years ago (I finished school in this june), and will start some serious business from september. Im so glad that I found videohive, and I have learned how to create stunning videos. Still much to go!
Since I started my own business some 7 years ago, I work from home. Now I have my own office in the house so I can have my own private space to work (my wife has own art studio in house), and we both can work without interruptions. And I can organize my time better (since I love to cook), and have time for work, for fun and for cooking and everything else.
I prefer working at home, but it does require discipline, since you can always find things too do and avoid work. But, if you set up your own work space, and manage to have uninterrupted time to work, it is really productive method. Also, work for home allows for greater flexibility: some time you just don’t feel like working in the morning and will be more productive later in the day. But, as I said, this requires a discipline, so you need to have well prepared plans for work, and you need to stick to it even with flexible work hours.
I doubt I will ever work for someone else’s company, or work in some external office space. With good organization, working from home is great.
I like to do the music writing thing at home, in my own space with peace and quiet. However I don’t always shut down at 6pm and land up working till the early hours of the morning (either on a caffeine buzz or with a glass of wine)- like now Some of my best ideas and work have come out at 2 or 3 in the morning. Being single helps too I guess. The video production side of things takes me out on locations and editing is done at the offices (with no wine but that nespresso machine works overtime) In short, I feel I’m more creative at home and less stressed.
I work from home and love it. However I do find that when I’m feeling creative I often work into the wee small hours, don’t socialize and therefore become a little isolated! However, I still love it and feel that I just need to learn a little more self-discipline and set myself a time to ‘turn the ‘puter off!’
I’ve spent the last 15+ years working from home, making a bundle, works great. Main thing is private room for office, and have 2-3 monitors. And LOTS of COFFEE.